Austevoll within Hordaland
|o Mayor (2015)||Morten Storebø (H)|
|o Total||117.18 km2 (45.24 sq mi)|
|o Land||114.23 km2 (44.10 sq mi)|
|o Water||2.95 km2 (1.14 sq mi)|
|Area rank||369 in Norway|
|o Rank||196 in Norway|
|o Density||45.1/km2 (117/sq mi)|
|o Change (10 years)||17.5%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1244|
|Official language form||Nynorsk |
Austevoll is a municipality and an archipelago in Hordaland county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Midthordland in Western Norway. The administrative centre is the village of Storebø on the island of Huftarøy. Other villages include Årland, Austevollshella, Bakkasund, Bekkjarvik, Birkeland, Haukanes, Husavik, Kolbeinsvik, Otterå, Våge, and Vinnes.
The municipality consists of several islands located southwest of the city of Bergen. The municipality is considered to be among the ports in the world with the largest ocean-going fishing trawler fleet. Since the 1980s, the offshore oil industry and fish farming industry have both grown to be important industries in Austevoll.
The 117-square-kilometre (45 sq mi) municipality is the 369th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Austevoll is the 196th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,156. The municipality's population density is 45.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (117/sq mi) and its population has increased by 17.5% over the last decade.
The municipality of Austevoll was established on 1 January 1886 when it was separated from the municipality of Sund. The initial population for the new municipality of Austevoll was 2,396. On 1 January 1964, the southern part of the islands of Selbjørn and Huftarøy (population: 696) was transferred from the municipality of Fitjar to Austevoll. This put the whole Austevoll archipelago in the municipality of Austevoll.
The municipality is named after the old Austevoll farm (Old Norse: Austrv?llr), since this was the old site of the Austevoll Church. The farm is now part of the village of Austevollshella. The first element is austr which means "east" and the last element is v?llr which means "meadow". The municipality has changed the spelling of its name three times. Before 1889 the name was written "Østevold" or "Østervold". From 1889-1917, it was spelled "Austevold", and since 1918 it has been spelled "Austevoll".
The coat-of-arms were granted on 30 November 1984. The arms are blue with four silver-colored fish swimming up to the left. The shoal of herring was chosen for the arms since herring fishing is a very important part of the local economy.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
Austevoll consists of 667 islands off the west coast of Western Norway. The municipality has a total land area of 114.23 square kilometres (44.10 sq mi) and a coastline of 337 kilometres (209 mi). It lies south of the Korsfjorden, west of the Bjørnafjorden, and north of the Selbjørnsfjorden. The highest point in Austevoll is the mountain Loddo, reaching 244 metres (801 ft) above sea level. The Marstein Lighthouse lies in the northwestern part of the municipality.
The island municipality shares water borders with the municipality of Sund to the north, Bergen and Os municipalities to the northeast, Tysnes municipality to the east, and Fitjar and Bømlo municipalities to the south. The North Sea lies to the west of Austevoll.
Of the 667 islands, only eight are populated year-round. About 29% of the inhabitants live in densely populated areas. About 28% of the inhabitants are under the age of 17, which is 4.4% over the national average. About 4.7% of the inhabitants are 80 years or older.
|Rank||Village||Village Population (2005)||District Population (2001)|
|Rank||Island||Area (km²)||Population ||Density (/km²)||Largest settlement||Highest point||Elevation (m)|
Fishing is the most important industry in Austevoll, as it has been for centuries. Traditionally, fishing has taken place in coastal areas, not far off shore. After decades of overfishing, the herring disappeared in the 1950s. This forced a restructuring of the fishing fleet. Since the 1960s, the shipping companies built bigger ships, and went further out into the seas, and they began fishing for other fish species, not just herring. The overfishing of herring also forced better research on fishing, resulting in the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. Austevoll is the home of the Austevoll Aquaculture Research Station.
Since the early 1980s, the offshore supply industry has emerged in the wake of the offshore Norwegian oil industry. The offshore shipping company DOF, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, has its headquarters at Storebø.
There are five primary schools and one middle school in Austevoll, all run by the municipality. There is also one secondary school, teaching mainly fishing and nautical subjects. This is operated by the Hordaland County Municipality.
Austevoll has car ferry connections from Hufthammar on the north tip of Huftarøy to Krokeide in Bergen, and from Husavik on the south tip of Huftarøy to Sandvikvåg in Fitjar. The municipality is also connected by express boats to Bergen in the north, and Stord, Haugesund, and Stavanger in the south. All express boat routes are operated by Norled, and ferry routes are operated by Fosen Namsos.
The islands of Huftarøy and Selbjørn, Selbjørn and Stolmen, and Hundvåkøy and Storekalsøy are connected with bridges. A fourth bridge, connecting Huftarøy and Hundvåkøy, was opened on 17 November 2007. This bridge, which in fact consists of two bridges and two stone fillings, bears the name "Austevollsbrua".
All municipalities in Norway, including Austevoll, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.
|Party Name (in Norwegian)||Number of|
|Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)||5|
|Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)||5|
|Conservative Party (Høgre)||8|
|Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)||2|
|Centre Party (Senterpartiet)||1|
|Total number of members:||21|
From 1995 to 1999 the Socialist Left Party held one seat. In the 1999-2003 election period an all-party female electoral list held one seat in the council. In the 2003-2007 election period The Liberal Party was represented in the municipal council and held one seat.
From 2011-2015, a coalition of the Progress Party and Center Party held power in the council. The coalition also consisted of the Christian Democratic Party before 2011. In 2011, the coalition won 12 of the 21 seats in the municipal council and had an electoral and political cooperation. The Conservative Party, Labour Party, and Christian Democratic Party make up the opposition.
|Ole Olsen Strømme||1886-1901||Church bell ringer|
|Peder Olai Kleppe||1902-1919||Fisherman|
|Mikkel Nilsen Birkeland||1926-1935||Farmer|
|Magnus Larssen||1935-1937||School teacher|
|Salomon O. Fagerbakke||1938-1945||Fisherman|
|Salomon V. Kalvenes||1946-1959||Fisherman|
|Rikard S. Storebø||1960-1969||Liberal Party||Social security manager|
|Peder Kalve||1970-1975||Conservative Party||Maritime pilot|
|Magnus Stangeland||1976-1981||Centre Party||School principal|
|Knut K. Kalvenes||1982-1985||Conservative Party||Retailer|
|Hallvard Møgster||1986-1989||Christian Democratic Party||Captain|
|Inge Bjarne Storebø||1990-2001||Conservative Party||Bank manager|
|Olav P. Årland||2001-2003||Christian Democratic Party||Shipmaster|
|Helge André Njåstad||2003-2011||Progress Party||Student|
|Renate Møgster Klepsvik||2011-2015||Progress Party|
|Morten Storebø||2015-present||Conservative Party||Politician|